TN Virtual Drive-in Workshop

March 3, 2023

Event start: 8:30 am Central/9:30 am Eastern

End time: 12:15 pm Central/1:15 pm Eastern

Register here to join us for this free, virtual event as we learn about demonstrating cultural sensitivity in college counseling, look at analyzing our place and identity as college counselors, hear FAFSA updates and examine working with special student populations, and hear about what's happening in our state.

8:30 - 9:30 am Central Catering to the Needs of the Individual Student: Demonstrating Cultural Sensitivity in College Counseling

Acknowledging our students’ diverse backgrounds and unique experiences is necessary in building a comprehensive college counseling practice. This session seeks to highlight societal changes, trends, and patterns within our multicultural and diverse society. How do these influence our interactions with our students and the methods we bring to our individualized college counseling practices?


  • Jessica Hardy, Director of College Guidance, St George's Independent School (Collierville, TN) (MEd Higher Ed - Northeastern University)
  • Shelby Stone, College & Career Coordinator, Martha O'Bryan Center/Stratford High School (Nashville, TN) (MEd - Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Service - Arkansas State University
  • Janice Neal, Assistant Director of College and Career Success, Public Education Foundation (Chattanooga, TN)


9:45 - 10:45 am Central Analyzing our place and identity as college counselors

Assessing the current state of faculty and staff in a high school setting is not a new phenomenon. However, over the course of three short years, we have experienced societal and political issues, a pandemic, and witnessed an influx in issues related to mental health. While our primary role is to serve and nurture students, we must first take the time to adopt self-care strategies to resist burnout associated to the counselor role. Considering that our field is already yielding quicker turnover than ever seen before, this session is timely. We will analyze the climate of the profession, including self-care strategies and burnout prevention, specifically through the lens of high school college counselors in the state of Tennessee.


  • Beverly Brooks, Director of College Counseling, St Mary's School (Memphis, TN) (MS - Education, Education, Culture & Society, University of Pennsylvania)
  • Susan Bollinger, Director of College Counseling, Bearden High School (Knoxville, TN) (EdS - Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; MEd - Higher Ed, Vanderbilt)
  • Carol Ryan, University School of Jackson (Jackson, TN)


11:00 - 11:30 am Central Financial Aid: FAFSA Updates and Working with Special Student Populations*

A representative from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation will discuss the FAFSA and provide information counselors need to know when assisting students. Special populations will be discussed regarding the FAFSA dependency questions. As counselors, you will learn how to assist students on how to answer these questions and best resources for students answering “yes”.


  • Jason Seay, Outreach Specialist, TSAC/THEC (Nashville, TN)


11:45 AM - 12:15 pm Central What’s Happening in Tennessee?*

Representatives from major universities throughout Tennessee will provide round-robin updates on what is happening at their school and how this application cycle is shaping up. Additionally, representatives will discuss what they see as a ‘best fit’ to their institution.


  • John Palmer Rea, Sr Assistant Director of Admissions, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) (MA Higher Ed/Student Personnel, University of Mississippi)

Register here!

The Southern Association for College Admission Counseling has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6805. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SACAC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.



2 clock hours available
* = Does not qualify for NBCC credit

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